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Taro   /tˈɛroʊ/   Listen

Edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants.  Synonyms: cocoyam, dasheen, eddo.
Herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves.  Synonyms: Colocasia esculenta, dalo, dasheen, taro plant.
Tropical starchy tuberous root.  Synonyms: cocoyam, dasheen, edda, taro root.

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"Taro" Quotes from Famous Books

... could see the creatures, some of them being of great size, swimming about beneath the boat in all directions. It at once occurred to me that I should let Guest know, for we were getting short of provisions on board the Fray Bentos, and had been using native food—pork, yams, and taro, to eke out our scanty store. Here, now, was an opportunity of getting a supply of fresh meat which would last us for a couple of months or more; as we could easily stow eighty or a hundred turtle on board, and kill one or two every day as required. We always carried with ...
— Yorke The Adventurer - 1901 • Louis Becke

... the officers goats and pigs for tin pots and brass buttons, and hung around the vessel all day in their canoes waiting for a chance to dive for something which might be thrown overboard. They wore clouts only, ate taro and yams, and had axes, spears, and knives made of common iron. Their canoes were made without nails, and were ornamented with geometrical lines. They wore the beards of goats and small shells ...
— Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879 • Various

Words linked to "Taro" :   genus Colocasia, Colocasia, arum, root, poi, root vegetable, aroid

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